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BLITZ the AMBASSADOR - The Making of ‘Afropolitan Dreams’. 

Hear Ghanaian artist BLITZ the AMBASSADOR discuss the making of Afropolitan Dreams, his upcoming album due out next month, featuring collaborations with Angelique Kidjo, Nneka, Seun Kuti, Oum, Marcelo D2 and more.

NEW MUSIC: Blitz the Ambassador ft Nneka - Love on the Run.

Brand new track form Blitz the Ambassador featuring Nneka. The horn-laden collaboration, ‘Love on the Run’ is lifted off his upcoming album ‘Afropolitan Dreams’ due out April 28th.

NEW MUSIC: Kato Change ft Lisa Oduor-Noah - Aparo.

Two Kenyan artists - one on vocals and one on guitar, team up to create a sultry melodic tune that explores the battle between personal belief and the pressures of society to conform. The chorus expresses one of the strongest human emotions; doubt. It tries to convey the question that remains — “Is what I believe truth? And if so, how can I sustain it?”

Aparo, written as a fusion of English and Luo, means “to think, wonder or ponder”.

Currently listening to the ‘Deleted mix’ of BOK BOK’s ‘Melba’s Call’ featuring Kelela who I can’t get enough of.

Here’s a great new interview with Kelela that only makes me love her more.

More music.

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MORNING SONG: Seinabo Sey - Younger.

You’d be seriously hard pressed to find anyone who possess both the depth and youthfulness of 23-year-old Gambian-Swedish singer Seinabo Sey.

In her debut single, produced by Magnus Lidehäll, Sey doesn’t shy away from expressing her philosophies on the things that inspire her and motivate her to pursue her dreams with every waking moment. She’s full of wise words. Her infectious statements linger and settle in your consciousness. As the group of young believers accompanying Seinabo Sey through this serene and picturesque setting go about doing the wonderful things that young people do, Sey stays grounded in the deliverance of her message. Whilst it may sound, and look, as though she’s romanticizing youth, right at the very start of the video, through symbolism, Sey acknowledges the fragility of life and the human spirit - a theme that plays out throughout the video.

Supported by the song’s continuous and climaxing beats, Sey’s voice carries a sense of both freedom and urgency. No syllable uttered or lyric sung goes to waste. The advice she dispenses is both instructional and filled with a sense of upliftment that only makes you want to fulfill all the things you once gave up on.

"There’s a way to be yourself, I assure you this
There’s a way to get your dreams without falling asleep.
You might as well get it while you can, babe,
Cause you know you ain’t getting any younger”

Want to be wow’d some more? Watch her perform ‘Younger’ live.

The African artists you’ll see at Glastonbury 2014.

The line up for this year’s Glastonbury music festival has been announced and in amongst the wide array of artists from around the globe and covering multiple genres, three African acts are listed on the official festival bill.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Tinariwen, and Toumani & Sidiki Diabate will be performing live at one of Europe’s biggest music festivals from June 27th - 29th.

See the official poster.

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South African directs viral Skrillex music video set in apocalyptic Johannesburg.

LA-born electronic music DJ Skrillex’ latest music video for his single ‘Ragga Bomb’, a collaboration with the Ragga Twins, is close to hitting 3 million views on YouTube just days after being released.

Shot in December in Johannesburg’s densely-populated Hillbrow neighborhood notoriously known for its high crime rates, the video was directed by South African directer Terence Neale of Egg Films - the Cannes Award-winning number one production house in South Africa. Amidst wreckage and ruin, set in a dystopian futuristic setting that includes dancers of all kinds, the video builds up to a lightsaber battle between two different groups in this all-black cast clad in tattered oversized clothing.

According to producer Rozanne Rocha-Gray, the original brief for te video was rather vague containing only the words ‘dark and dancey’. “Everything you see is Terence’s imagination”, she says.

Neale has previously directed music videos for Die Antwoord (Fatty Boom Boom, Baby’s On Fire) as well as commercials for some of the country’s top local brands (Nedbank, Chicken Licken, Nandos, Engen).

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New record deal and European tour dates for Shangaan Electro pioneer Richard “Nozinja” Mthetwa.

Considered to be the driving force behind the fast-paced Shangaan-inspired electronic dance music genre, the Limpopo based musician and entrepreneur has officially signed British record label Warp. His song Nwa Gezani My Love’ received a lot of attention online after being featured on Honest Jon’s compilation New Wave Dance Music from South Africa.

Nojinza is also the founder of Nozinja Music Productions, his Shangaan focused music label in Limpopo. About this style of music, Nozinja says:

"It’s similar to the Zulus, but faster and we put a lot of style inside. There’s disco in there, we use Pantsula moves…We don’t use the sounds of the hip-hop guys, or the afro-pop, or whatever, we’re using Shangaan sounds. The traditional Shangaan music is fast. You play it slow, they won’t dance."

He’ll be touring in Europe during the coming months.

Tour dates:

April
Tue 29 Bristol, Start The Bus
Wed 30 Brighton, Bermuda Triangle

May
Thu 1 Liverpool, Sound City
Fri 2 Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Sat 3 Krems, Donau Festival
Sun 4 London, Electrowerkz
Mon 5 Sheffield, The Harley
Thu 8 Gent, Vooruit
Fri 9 Berlin, Urban Spree
Sat 10 Utrecht, Spiegelbar

August
Fri 22 Katowice, Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival.

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NEW MUSIC: Yemi Alade - Johnny.

Argue with me all you like, if you want to, but when it comes to Nigerian artists and music videos, the women seem to make much more interesting and dynamic music videos with far better storylines.

Want more proof? There’s this, this, this, this, this and this.

Bless the fashions in this video too!

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NEW MUSIC: SONA (@sonaman) - No Wahala.

Co-produced by the artist himself, along with O.Y Beatz, ‘No Wahala’ is the latest single form up-and-coming British-Nigerian artist SONA.

A laid back feel with a sensual beat, I absolutely can’t get enough of this track. Excited to hear more from SONA in 2014.

Shout out to the cat (if you know the deal with Nigerians and cats you know what I mean) and the dark skinned girl in the video (yay!).

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Nothing wakes me up quite like this DJ ADEMAR “Afro-House Mix”.

An infectious blend of Angolan kudoro, Central African soukous and Afro-house music from Lusophone Africa.

NEW MUSIC: Wande Coal - My Way.

Released just yesterday with already over 20, 000 views, Nigerian artist and serious R&B crooner Wande Coal’s Maleek Berry-produced track finally has a video of its own filmed in South Africa’s financial capital, Johannesburg.

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NEW MUSIC: Blitz the Ambassador ft Seun Kuti - Make You No Forget.

The third single and video released off Blitz’s “Afropolitan Dreams" album, the Ghanaian MC’s latest track was filmed in Jamestown district of the nation’s capital and features stunts from Accra’s BMX “Bikelordz”, amateur boxing and some of Blitz’s biggest fans as a backing sing-a-long ‘choir’. It’s a solid Afrobeat tune with trumpets and a catchy but conscious hook.

Oh, and don’t think we didn’t spot Blitz’s awesome t-shirts. “Make Fufu Not War" and the Kwame Nkrumah "VISIONARY" shirts are both garments made by Kayobi clothing.

ETA: Sorry folks, Seun’s not in the video sadly.

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Cape Town’s version of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is here!

I think it’s safe to say that Pharrell Williams’ jovial anthem is quite possibly the most globally infectious song of the decade.

Thanks to social media, people in cities all over the world have been creating and uploading videos of themselves dancing joyously to his Despicable Me 2 theme song. Africans are no exception. Cities like Cotonou, Tunis, Yaounde and Libreville have all participated in this trend.

Now, it’s Cape Town’s turn and as a dweller of the Mother City for the past three years, I absolutely love this video. The creators touched down in multiple areas of the city and its outskirts (not just the city bowl, thankfully) and the cast are an incredibly diverse array of individuals - a pretty darn good reflection of the city.

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Wizkid performs a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ exclusively at Koga studios in Nigeria. All part of Destination Africa - 1Xtra in Lagos.

What do you guys think?